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07-23-2018 05:11 PM

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I recently bought a bunch of wood from Craigslist and need help identifying the type of wood that is in the pictures. It is an open-grained wood, kind of like mahogany, but a lighter brown than the mahogany I’ve used in the past. It turns a deep rich brown after boiled linseed oil application. Any idea what type of wood this is?

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#1 posted 07-23-2018 05:28 PM


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#2 posted 07-23-2018 05:45 PM

Hard to tell from pictures

Looks like well aged and sun faded walnut that was steamed and kiln dried originally to me?
Color shadow in 2nd piece on middle picture is what would happen if part of wood was in sun and part in shade.

Many of the mahogany look alike species will develop a red/orange tint in straight BLO finish, but these could be candidates as well?

Check end grain closely, and then refer to wood database finde for more help.

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#3 posted 07-23-2018 05:49 PM

There are a number of species that it could be based on those pics. I’ve got some African mahogany that looks very much like that.

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#4 posted 07-23-2018 06:13 PM

I’m leaning towards chrisstef’s guess of sapele. I checked out the wood database, as suggested by CaptainKlutz, for mahogany and sapele. The end grain and face grain looks more sapele-like than mahogany-like. I also compared it to some mahogany I have after wiping both with denatured alcohol. It didn’t have any red or orange tints after the denatured alcohol but looked lighter than the picture with boiled linseed oil above.

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#5 posted 07-23-2018 09:11 PM

It looks like walnut to me.

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#6 posted 07-23-2018 10:44 PM


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#7 posted 07-24-2018 12:05 AM


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#8 posted 02-10-2020 08:09 AM

Definitely some BTFCL... Bargain Timber From CraigsList!

If it looks good and finishes well use it, if not lose it (in a fire place)... what it’s called by the botanists is purely academic.

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#9 posted 02-10-2020 10:49 AM

Walnut by the looks of it. Any wood gotten at low prices is beautiful though, but if it shines up like that box, wowser just run, before the seller sobers up.

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#10 posted 02-10-2020 12:01 PM

i’m also Walnut

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#11 posted 02-10-2020 12:30 PM


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#12 posted 03-20-2020 10:22 PM

Lauan “mahogany” – but it could be butternut if it has a lot of tiny insect holes.

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#13 posted 03-21-2020 12:04 AM

Another vote for walnut here.

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#14 posted 03-21-2020 01:01 AM

Pretty sure it’s black walnut

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#15 posted 03-21-2020 02:40 PM


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